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All About the Guatemala Visa
Are you thinking of visiting this Central American country in the near future? In addition to well-preserved Mayan monuments and stunning landscapes, this small nation has an open visa policy.
At present, foreign visitors from over 80 countries can enjoy this nation’s volcano-ringed lakes and surfer-friendly waves without a travel authorisation. This includes the US, UK, most European countries and Canada. With just a valid passport, these eligible nationals can explore this country, from its Pacific beaches to its Caribbean coast, for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
If you are not exempt from a tourist visa, then you must submit an application to the nearest embassy or consulate before you can venture into Guatemala’s lush jungles or ancient cenotes (sinkholes). At the moment, there is no eVisa for Guatemala available.
Fortunately, at Byevisa, we want to make getting a Guatemala visa easy, so we’ve done the hard work of researching the travel policy details. The result is an informative guide with all the best tips on how to travel to Guatemala with a visa.
What are you waiting for? Keep reading and see how we can make your upcoming trip to Guatemala as breezy as a day on Monterrico beach.
Guatemala Visa Requirements and Eligibility
Fortunately, many nationalities are visa-exempt for visits of 90 days within a 180-day period. Within this time frame, foreign visitors may leave and enter the country multiple times.
In this case, all you need to explore this country’s colourful colonial streets is a passport valid at least 6 months past your travel dates and with 1 blank page per entry. You will also need to hold proof of a return or onward flight.
To see if your country is visa-free, just select your nationality in our eligibility checker tool.
Or, find your nationality in this list below:
Antigua and Barbuda
France (includes French territories)
The Netherlands (Aruba and Netherland Antilles)
Republic of Korea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tomé and Prîncipe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Nationals from Hong Kong whose passport is marked as “Nationality British” also classify for Class A entry permits)
United States of America (including Guam)
Guatemala Visa Application Process
If your country is not on this list of exemptions for a Guatemala visa, you can still enjoy a Central American adventure by applying for a tourist visa at your nearest embassy or consulate. There are just 4 main steps to follow.
1. Make an appointment at the relevant consulate
To find the embassy closest to you, check out our helpful Embassy Finder Tool. It’s a good idea to contact the embassy early, as some nationalities may require a previous consultation or interview.
When you speak to the consular section, they can give you an idea of whether an interview will be necessary as well as the Guatemala visa interview timeline.
2. Fill in the application form
Once you’ve booked your appointment, you’ll need to gather the supporting documents (more details on these below) and fill out the application form. This form can be found on the embassy’s webpage or will be emailed to you when you contact the consular section.
3. Drop off your documents at the embassy
The day of your appointment, bring all your documents, along with copies, to the embassy. If there’s no embassy representation in your country of residence, then you can ask the nearest embassy in a neighbouring country for details on how to send your application by mail. Usually this involves sending a package with a tracking number along with a pre-paid return envelope.
In some cases, you may be asked to conduct an interview. This is simply to judge whether there’s a risk that you’ll overstay the time allotted in your travel authorisation. Help convince your interviewer by showing strong ties to your country of residence. This can be supported with Certificates of Employment (CoEs), proof of university enrollment, bank statements, etc.
4. Receive your approved visa
Following your appointment, your application will be reviewed by the consulate and you will be informed about the outcome. Be sure to check your email regularly, as this is the main method of communication for most embassies.
Guatemala Visitor Visa Form and Documents
Now that you have an idea of the steps to take, here’s some more information about the form you’ll need to complete as part of your application. You’ll need to provide the following details:
- First name
- Contact information
- Date of birth
- Passport number and date of issue/expiry
- Your place and country of birth
- Current nationality
- Marital status
- Current occupation
- Employer’s name and address (for students, the name and address of your school)
- Your travel dates and itinerary
- The purpose of your visit
- Details about previous visits to this country
- The type of visa you wish to apply for (Single-Entry, Multiple-Entry, Business)
Once this form has been completed and signed, you’ll need to present it along with:
- A passport photo (measuring 3.5 x 4.5 cm).
- Proof of a return ticket and accommodation.
- Proof of sufficient funds for your stay (credit cards, bank statements).
- Health insurance.
- The corresponding fee (more information on this point below).
In addition to these documents above, there may be some nationality-specific information that you’ll need to provide. If this is the case, your embassy will inform you in due course.
Guatemala Tourist Visa Status Check
You can check with the embassy where you applied regarding the status of your application. Once the process is complete, the consular section will contact you at the email address given on your application.
How Much Does a Guatemala Visa Cost?
Guatemala visa or entry fees can be paid directly to the embassy by money order. Here’s a breakdown of the current prices:
- Single-Entry tourist pass (90-day validity): 25 USD
- Multiple-Entry tourist pass (90-day validity): 50 USD
- Multiple-Entry business pass (180-day validity): 50 USD
More Information on How to Get a Visa for Guatemala
Please find below our FAQ section with further useful information on travel to this country. If there’s something we haven’t covered, just ask!
If visa-exempt visitors overstay, it’s important to pay the fine before attempting to leave the country at an airport or land border. This can be done at the main Migration Office in Guatemala City.
If you hold an ordinary passport and are travelling for tourism, you should fill out the Guatemala tourist visa application following the process outlined in the sections above.
Pakistani nationals holding ordinary passports, however, have to consult your nearest embassy about your specific procedure and the need for an interview.
A foreign visitor who enters one of these countries can travel by land (but not by air) to another country in the bloc without having to request a separate entry authorisation.
In other words, your approved Guatemalan visa grants you 90-day entry to the 3 other signatory countries so long as you cross their borders by land.
Zika and malaria are both found in this country. For information on how to protect yourself, we recommend speaking with your doctor before you travel.